2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 10 - 2012/13
The first round after the Christmas break took the Stags to sunny Joe McAleer Oval in the heart of Blacktown, with temperatures predicted to exceed the 40°C mark.
Anthony Edington, Alex Ieroianni and Kurt Roughley rejoined the squad for this fixture, the latter two of which had previously played for the opposition.
An early pole for Jules Stephenson. Standard. Just like the sun rising tomorrow. You can bank on it.
Looking to notch up a much-needed victory, the theme of the day was to play good, hard cricket.
After losing the toss, we were invited to have a bowl on a deck that looked to be very dry. Upon entering the field to begin play, no further than halfway to the wicket, a rogue bolt of lightning appeared and we were forced off the field in no doubt the most odd beginning to a game of cricket that I have been involved in.
For the next 45 minutes we waited for our chance to take to the field, a break in which was utilized to visit the local 7eleven in Roughley’s sweet ride to acquire Slurpees. With cola, sour apple and virgin margarita’s all round, and a mango zilch (<1% sugar) for the resident shredder Eccles, we were able to keep cool until the start of play.
When we finally took to the field, the bowling was tight, with openers Eddo and Jules bowling tight lines and restricting the scoring, and Jules picking up an early wicket.
After a lengthy partnership, Eddo then picked up a wicket of his own, before wickets fell steadily.
Anthony Edington goes past the outside edge of the Warriors' batsman
By the innings end, Henry had picked up a crucial wicket of a batsman that was looking quite comfortable at the crease, the skipper bowling tightly and grabbing 2 for himself, Jules picking up a second, and Eddo finishing with 4. Tight bowling from the twin wrist spinners Roughley and Cubbage also contributed with some tight overs.
With the opposition notching up a slow but steady 189 all out on a pitch that looked to be quite slow, some gutsy determined batting was going to be required to enjoy the 6 points at the game’s end.
Unfortunately our batting was well short of this mark. With several of the dismissals appearing quite soft, especially those caught in front of the wicket, it was clear the pitch was quite slow, and we didn’t adjust our games well enough. Going from 2/60, and losing 6 wickets for 6 runs isn’t good enough to compete at this level, especially in the middle order. A good start from Harry “vodka sodas” Turner, and some late resistance from Eddo and Jules got us through to 128 all out, of just 38 overs.
With a tough run home, we will need a lot more mental strength and resilience to go with the immense talent this team has. If we are able to achieve this, there is no doubt that we will be able to compete with the top teams in this competition, as has been shown in earlier rounds.